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Student Emergency Services

Food Assistance

Tacoma & Pierce County Food Banks

To find out more about area Food Banks accessible to Clover Park Technical College students, please visit

The CPTC Food Pantry serves any student in need of food. It is located in the Student Leadership & Service Center, Building 23. Students can access food once per month. The process is easy:

  1. Stop into the Student Leadership & Service Center, Building 23, and inform the student staff behind the desk that you’d like to use the food pantry.
  2. The staff will take you to the food pantry, verify that you’re a current student and have you answer a few questions about the size of your household.
  3. You pick out the food you want.

Please pass along this message to any students who may benefit from this amazing program. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at or 253-589-5780.

On-campus Food Options

CPTC has many food options available to students while they are on campus. Please refer to for more information about:


Clover Park Technical College does not offer housing for students, however, students can access the Housing Guide to help connect to different housing options. The sites listed on the guide are not affiliated with Clover Park Technical College.


Clover Park Technical College does not offer showers for students, however, students can access community shower facilities at the Lakewood YMCA  during the following time periods: Monday-Thursday, 5:00a-7:30a and 8:00p-9:30p, Friday, 5:00a-7:30a and 8:00a-8:30a and Saturday, 7:00a-7:30a. Please note that visitors will need to provide a towel and are required to show photo ID. To use this resource, individuals should check in at the front desk and ask to use the community shower. 

Transportation Assistance

As part of a pilot program between Clover Park Technical College and Pierce Transit, CPTC students are now able to ride the Pierce Transit bus system within the county by showing the bus driver their CPTC Student ID card + quarterly verification sticker to the Pierce Transit bus driver. Students must have the current quarter’s verification sticker on their Student ID before riding the bus. Verification stickers will be available in the Student Leadership & Service Center in Building 23.

To learn more about the bus pass program and eligibility requirements, please visit

Finances/Money Assistance

Pay for CPTC

We want to make CPTC as accessible as possible, and finances are one of the biggest barriers that students face. CPTC provides a number of different ways to pay for your education at CPTC — browse your options at

CPTC Foundation Scholarships

CPTC Foundation scholarships provide financial assistance to help meet educational expenses.

Student Emergency Assistance Program (SEAP)

When funding is available, the CPTC Foundation offers emergency assistance through the Student Emergency Assistance Program may help students meet emergency financial needs that would prevent students from continuing their education.

Community Resources

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